First off since people have asked.. I am 180 lbs and around 5'11.
Today I was able to try the volkl gs uvo in what I thought was a 178cm ski. Odd that I cannot seem to find that online in that size but I could be mistaken. It could have been 180cm. Either way I was not sure that I would like the ski. Sort of some background I have been on a pair of 2012 WC Volkl 183 cm skis, some 2010 Volkl racetiger WC 27m skis and a 2008 RC Volkl Racetiger 168 cm 15.5 m ski. So when it comes to Volkl I have been on a few for quite a few years. To be honest none of the skis really stood out but where decent enough that I kept buying Volkl. Then this year I started to demo quite a few slalom skis and really liked another ski brand more than any others that I demoed. So it got me thinking about other types and brands of skis. The idea of demoing another Volkl was sort of on the back burner, or was it.
I went skiing today with the idea of trying a bunch of skis and saw that Volkl with its fluorescent orange beckoning me to try. Its UVO dampening system drawing me, whispering you want to try me. I couldn't resist its call. Within minutes the skis was setup and I was out the door to try yet another Volkl ski. Holding them in my hands they didn't feel heavy in comparison to some skis mainly the Rossignol Hero Master I tried the day before. They are heavier than the Atomic 3.0 GS 17m ski but not substantially more.
As with all gs skis I like to try railroad drills. Its fun to see on a flat surface if they will initialize or laugh at you as you stumble to gain balance. A railroad drill on a flat surface with not much forward initiation is like a death wish to try on gs ski. For some odd reason I find it quite fun though maybe I like to taunt the ski before blasting down at speed. Either way this ski didn't laugh at my feeble attempts to turn it. Initiation was actually working of course the turns where quite lengthy but manageable.
After taunting the ski I repositioned my body for some serious turns. Getting the ski on angles was not an issue at all. The ski seems to feel quite planted when at angles. Although it didn't feel quite as planted as the Hero. Something about the Hero just feels like it would never slide. This ski felt planted enough that I wouldn't back off, but enough to let you know it might slip a bit. This could also be due to needing a tune since they are demo skis. Either way I did have it slip once during the day on ice and it was not bad at all.
As for energy out of turns, it had a bit. If you really arc the ski put it on angle and push then it seems to give out quite a bit of energy. Again not as much as some other skis I have tried but a bit. I never felt that the ski would rebound enough to launch you into the air. It just didn't have that amount of rebound energy.
Then there is the uvo dampening system. I am not really sure on it, sort of up in the air about it. It seems to dampen the ski a bit but not really much. In the end I guess that is a good thing. You don't want something dampening the ski so much you cannot feel anything. Sort of curious though if it is really doing all that much at all. I didn't seem to notice much from it. A dampening system can really do too much and make the ski feel dead. That was not the case here so if it does do something they got the feel right.
Over all I really enjoyed the ski and ended up on it for four hours. Still not sure if I would buy it or not. The ski is quite a bit better for me than the Volkl GS skis I had been on in the past. Initiation, short turns, and long turns feel quite a bit better but then I was on a 27m ski for far too long. My over all concern is that at 19m it might be too much side cut even for a Midwest Nastar race.